5/13 Brewer at Skowhegan (Baseball)
Brewer Pulls Out Extra Inning Win
In a highly anticipated matchup between the top two teams in Class A, it was only fitting that it took two extra innings. Both defenses were excellent and so was the pitching and so it came down to who would make the first mistake. After an infield single by Andrew Hodgins, no one covered third on Nick Tozier’s bunt.
Evan Nadeau immediately grounded out to first and it looked like Skowhegan may get out of another jam, but timely hitting showed up.
Tibbets drove Hodgins home and the Witches closed out the 1-0 win.
The top of the 9th still featured an excellent play as starter Silas Tibbetts, who moved to 2nd after being relieved, made an excellent throw to first to end the inning.
Tibbets got himself of a gem while on the mound when Brewer loaded the bases in the 3rd inning with one out. Tibbetts then struck out Morin and Rowan Valley to get out of the inning with no damage.
Tibbets flashed that infield leather a couple of times in the game as well. [Brew AT SH BB Tibbetts Put Out – Hodgins Grounds Out to the Pitcher in the 5th inning] He did get an error in the first but finished with 6 innings pitched, 7 strikeouts, 2 walks, and 1 hit batsman on the no decision. Tibbetts lowered his season ERA to 0.28.
Sophomore Anderson Clifford matched Tibbetts every step of the way and got help from his defense as well.
The Witches turned two double plays on the day, including one on a bunt.
Clifford went 8.1 innings with 7 strikeouts, 3 walks, 3 hit batsmen, a wild pitch, and balk in the win before handing the ball after a long fly to center from McEwen in the bottom of the 9th. Sophomore Blake Littlefield came in and struck out Jackson Hight before Chance Tibbetts grounded out and Littlefield picked up the save. Clifford had only pitched seven innings on the season before beating Skowhegan. He dropped his season ERA to 1.21.
Both teams combined to leave 21 baserunners on and it started in the third where both pitchers faced bases loaded jams. Tibbetts struck out the back-to-back batters. Clifford got a long fly ball from Brendan Dunlap that Noah Tibbetts caught at the fence. In the 6th Clifford gave up a hit and walk before the team intentionally walked McEwen, then he struck out Jackson Hight with bases loaded.
Noah McMahon took the loss after coming on in relief in the seventh inning. McMahon pitched three innings with 3 strikeouts, 1 walk, gave up 4 hits and the one earned run. McCray had three of the five hits for the River Hawks, going 3-4. Vanidestine couldn’t be gotten out for the Witches, going 4-4 and walking once.
This was the fifth time Skowhegan has held a team to one run on the season and also has two shutouts. Brewer came in avergaing seven runs a game. Skowhegan has scored four or fewer runs in seven games. The River Hawks pitching staff now holds a team ERA of 0.6 in 70 innings pitched. Brewer’s staff has a 1.24 ERA in 62 innings pitched.
Skowhegan falls to 8-2 and plays at Mt. Blue on Monday.
Brewers moves to 8-1 and plays at Bangor on Monday.
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